‘Everything is Possible’ – a film documenting the life of Sylvia Pankhurst will be screened at the Idea Store Bow on Sunday September 14th at 1.45.pm.
The ELFS (the East London Federation of Suffragettes) was based in Bow.
The film will be followed by a Q.&A. with Ceri Dingle, one of its directors.
Watch the trailer here
The documentary traces the life, struggles and political impact of Suffragette and revolutionary Sylvia Pankhurst. She struggled for women’s right to vote as a part of the Suffragette movement in England at the beginning of the 20th century, but unlike her mother and sister, who fought for the vote for upper class women and abandoned their efforts to support and recruit for the First World War, Sylvia fought for women’s rights within a broader framework of social emancipation and workers’ struggle. We learn about her working class politics, many imprisonments, militant action, opposition to war, internationalism and why she’s so inspiring.
But this isn’t a documentary about one woman. We learn of the the broader social, economic and political situation at that time, when revolution was a very real threat to the ruling class.
My mother-in-law Sylvia Mason was named for Sylvia Pankhurst, she was born in December 2013 and went to Monteith Road School. I cannot find any photos of the school. Does it still exist?